Monday, January 23, 2017

01-23-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday January 23rd. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers talk radio from NPR and Pacifica, as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends our student and community volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.

I’m Maria Johnson, Host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, a progressive minded show which, through January, airs EVERY Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow:  we'll have dispatches from the Women's March on Washington and part one of an interview with Rand Richards Cooper, the Commonweal film critic who interviewed director Martin Scorcese about his new film Silence.

Can't listen live? Find the audio archived for two weeks at and forever at , where I'll also post photos from the DC march.
 Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight brings the ongoing Open Mic and Moments of Gratitude at 7 pm. On Tuesday, there’s Intentional & Empowering Yoga at 1 pm. Tomorrow/Tuesday night at 7:45 there’s a laughter Yoga Session.  Thursday night, The Middlesex Drum Circle invites you to join them to help keep the beat going. Friday night, The Buttonwood presents “JAZZ: The Music of Our Lifetime!" featuringThe Carl Bartlett, Jr. Duet. The evening will feature a Jazz Duo (Saxophone & Piano) and an audience Q&A with exciting and innovative artist, native New Yorker, saxophonist Carl Bartlett, Jr.  Annaita Gandhy’s Aligned With Source Workshop happens on Saturday at 10:30 am. Saturday night Moto Returns to the Buttonwood for an evening of Soca music from Trinidad, traditional roots reggae and creative interpretations of rock, R&B and soul music with elements of jazz, salsa and afrobeat.

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, 4 singer songwriters share a bill featuring STEPH SERENITA,
STORYTIME BOB, NICOLE THOMPSON, EZ BLUEZ.  Tuesday night Watermelon Renaissance plays Sludgeblues and Jazzcore, alongside Strawberry Cheesesteak’s prog-funk!  Wednesday brings Words & Music, a monthly event full of local & touring musicians, writers, poets, and comedians. Thursday at Café Nine there’s roundup of regional indie rockers featuring PLUMROSE, WESTERN ESTATES, BLACK RIVER UNION, and MIKE GRIFFIN. Friday’s 5pm early show at the Nine features Lonesome Billy Calash. Later, Café Nine’s main Friday night event is the GO KAT GO! BIRTHDAY BA SH WITH THE MEMPHIS MORTICIANS and Slip and Fall for a night of ska-punk, and psychobilly.
Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session at Café Nine is hosted by The George Baker Band this week. Saturday night at Café Nine, you can catch THE PLIMSOULS RE-SOULED Featuring members of The Plimsouls, The Woggles and The Forty Fives!.  Dust Hat opens that show.  The Sunday Buzz Matinee features WASHBOARD SLIM AND THE BLUELIGHTS and later Sunday night there’s an open mic with  Ashley Hamel.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Ron Lawrence & Friends hold down a regular set of Smooth Jazz on the lily pad stage. On the Main stage, AESOP ROCK with ROB SONIC & DJ ZONE make for a night of enlightening Hop. Homeboy Sandman opens that show. On Thursday Toads presents The WINTER MELTDOWN METAL SHOWCASE featuring Before I Turn, Halcyon, Oath to Order, One Part Human, The Sadists, and To Fear the Fall. Friday night, SHAKEDOWN returns to Toad’s to play THE DEAD AND BEYOND. Relative Souls, and Spigs & Friends are also on the bill.  Saturday night, it’s a College Dance Party.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight, their Jazz Mondays series features The HANEEF N. NELSON BIRTHDAY BASH. On Tuesday nights, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on stage. Wednesday’s Community Blues Jam will be hosted by Tim McDonald this week. This Thursday, The Danny Draher Band makes for a night of Electric Blues on the Black-eyed Sally’s stage. Saturday night The Neybas bring their jam band sound to Sally’s and Saturday night The Johnny Winter All Star Band take the Stage .

At the Russell Library in Middletown, Tomorrow Tuesday evening at 7pm, Brenda Milkofsky will speak on the history of shipbuilding in the lower Connecticut River Valley in the 18th and 19th centuries. Wednesday at Russell Library, t here’s a Town Hall Meeting with State Senator Len Suzio From 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM in Hubbard Room with the senator for the 13th Senatorial District.

Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at

Wednesday, Manic Productions presents #FREEMUSICWEDNESDAYS at Bar in New Haven, this week featuring Mates of State and Active Bird Community. PREMIER CONCERTS AND MANIC PRODUCTIONS PRESENT: Umphrey's McGee featuring   Joshua Redman with Spafford at The College St Music Hall in New Haven Thursday night. Friday they’ve got Rhett Miller (of Old 97's) with American Elm at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. for details

Middletown Scottish country dancers offer classes for beginners & experienced dancers at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, Every Wednesday from 7 - 9:30p.   Partners not necessary but soft-soled shoes are! For information, call Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278.
Friday Night, Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents a night of punk, pub rock, and rock n roll with The Ratz.  Saturday night, Enemy of Reason makes for a night of Heavy Metal. You can find Cherry Street Station listings at or find them on Facebook.
On Friday at 9pm, Wesleyan’s Center for the Art reemerges from winter break with a free performance of Hidden Volumes, a performance by Associate Professor of Music Paula Matthusen and Visiting Scholar in Music Terri Hron explore and remember space through magnetic, transferred traces. Looping backwards and forwards, distorting time, they improvise on a series of recordings originally made in a dark Roman aqueduct. This event happens at Olin Library.  Sunday at 3:00pm at Wesleyan’s Russell House, there’s another free concert by Singer-songwriter Jess Best who returns to Wesleyan to perform her original soul and jazz compositions. She will be accompanied by Connor Schultze on bass and Paul Bloom on piano.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut: 

Hartford’s Real Art Ways has extended their run of The Eagle Huntress, through Jan. 26th. Also on screen at RAW through Jan 26, is Neruda, a lavishly-mounted reimagining of the Nobel Prize-winning poet’s pursuit into political exile, starring Gael García Bernal. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is also showing The Eagle Huntress, Through Wednesday. Thursday Cinestudio Kicks off a run of Arrival, starring Amy Adams as a linguist called in  by the govt to help communicate with some unexpected extraterrestrial visitors.  Friday at 10pm, Cinestudio presents a special screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s classic animated film, Princess Mononoke. as part of their moonlight movies on Friday nights. Sunday, Cinestudio begins a run of what is being dubbed as “The year’s most devastating – and necessary – documentary” offering a glimpse into the dangerous sea crossing of refugees from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.  Further details and screening times at 
Right after the jive, stay tuned for Afternoo n Jazz with Charles Henry, for an hour of straight ahead Jazz and classic Bop.

From 6-6:30 pm it’s Building Bridges, a weekly labor report from Pacifica.

At 6:30 stay tuned for, 75% Folk with Michael Benson offers Contemporary folk along with a mix of blues, jazz, world music, and movie soundtracks and more.

From 8-10:00 Stay tuned for some swamp music from Louisiana on Back down the Bayou.

at 10- Stay tuned for Franco’s Studio 54 disco mix which goes all the way until until 3am, tonight.
Maximum Rock and Roll is next from 3 to 4 am, with the best in DIY punk garage rock, and hardcore.

BBC World News airs from 4 to 5 am, and we get the day started at 5 with NPR’s Morning Edition.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. If you missed anything, you can find the written version online at And tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 p.m. to hear about what’s going on in the community, and on the air right here at WESU 88.1 FM, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

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